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[LISTEN] Sugary drinks tax passed

Aviva Tugendhaft, deputy director at Priority Cost Effective Lessons for Systems Strengthening South Africa, says the new sugary drinks tax is good given SA's high obesity rate.

JOHANNESBURG - Aviva Tugendhaft, deputy director at Priority Cost Effective Lessons for Systems Strengthening South Africa, says given South Africa’s high obesity rate of 19 million obese or overweight adults, the new sugary tax is good.

Tugendhaft says putting this tax in place will help reduce consumption and reduce the burden on the healthcare system.

The National Council of Provinces has passed the tax on sugary drinks.

She says taxes have been proven to work and this one, specifically, will target the amount of sugar in the drinks, with drinks with higher sugar costing more.

Listen to the audio above for more.

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